Hi, my name is Jens, I am a comic artist living in Tromsø, Norway. I started doing my comic strip Dunce in January 2017, and with the help from supporters like you, I've been able to self-publish these collections in English. It's now time for Dunce number five, and I'm really looking forward to this one!
I'm almost done putting this thing together, it's an action packed issue, with a total of 40 pages (thickest issue so far!). All I need now is your Kickstarter support.
Winner: Dagbladet's strip competition 2016.
Winner: Norwegian Pondus-price 2017.
Nominated for Norwegian Sproing Award: "Best comic of 2017".
Reviewed as Strip of the Year 2018 in Dagsavisen.
If you missed out on the first issues, they are still available. Choose the Dunce Bundle pledge and get all five!
I love drawing the old fashioned way with ink, nibs and brushes. For those of you who appreciate a piece of original art, to hang on your wall (or to keep in your collection), I've added the possibility to pledge for Dunce with an original drawing. The motif will be based on a panel from the book.
I intend to get Dunce 5 printed and shipped to you as soon as possible after this Kickstarter-campaign is over. From experience, I know that doing a Kickstarter like this takes time, so I've set the expected shipping month to August 2019. We'll see, I'll be as quick as I can...
It started in 2016, I had been working on an autobiographic comic universe for a while. I did a handful of strips, and shipped them off to the Norwegian strip competition runned by Dagbladet (Norway’s second biggest newspaper). For some reason, I’ve allways been drawing myself with a cone-like hat, a dunce-cap, so I named the strip Dunce.
Dunce ended up winning the whole thing. The jury stated that “Dunce is a really good and unique strip that (…) has cracked most codes for becoming a successful comic strip. (…) It has interresting and recognizable characters that you want to get to know, a lovely and snap in the dialogue, and a timing and communication skills that makes you read with anticipation from panel to panel, without knowing what will happen next. Styve has also succeded in filling his characters with a lovely hot temper that creates great comedy.”
Best of all, the main prize was to be printed in the newspaper, on a daily basis, for four months, and now, several years later, Dunce is still running in in Dagbladet.
God bless them.
I quit my day job and went full time comic artist in October 2017.
Risks and challenges
The only risk I can see is that something unforeseen happens and the shipping of the comic will have to be delayed. In that case, I will keep backers informed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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